International Distillers & Vintners

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International Distillers & Vintners was a brewing and wine and spirits distribution company, formed from the 1962 merger of W&A Gilbey and United Wine Traders.


W&A Gilbey was founded in 1857 as a gin distillery by Sir Walter Gilbey, but by 1962 had a diversified family share holding, chaired by former figure skater and politician, Ronald Gilbey.[1][2] He had resigned from London County Council in 1958,[3] to become chairman of W&A Gilbey, a post he held for eleven years. At the time of the merger, Gilbey's was the largest wine and spirits company in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

In 1972, the company was bought by Watney Mann, and became their consolidated wine and spirits division.[4] The group was taken over by Grand Metropolitan in 1972.


In 1997 Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to create Diageo. In 1998 IDV was merged with United Distillers to create United Distillers & Vintners, forming the spirits division of Diageo plc.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Mr Ronald Gilbey". The Times. 3 August 1977. p. 16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  2. ^ a b Darryl Lundy. "Alfred Ronald Dashwood Gilbey". A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  3. ^ Jackson, W Eric (1965). Achievement. A Short History of the London County Council. Longmans. p. 263.
  4. ^ "Who are the Gilbeys?". 2011-06-29.
  5. ^ Competition Commission Report 1983 Archived 2012-01-21 at the Wayback Machine